January 21st, 2009
12:15 PM ET
9 years ago

Joe Trippi signs on with Virginia gubernatorial candidate

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/21/art.trippi.gi.jpg caption="Trippi was campaign manager for presidential candidate John Edwards last year."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Yet another well-known political operative is taking sides in the Virginia’s governor’s race. Joe Trippi - the veteran consultant who ran John Edwards’ campaign for the White House - is signing on as a media consultant for former state house delegate Brian Moran, the campaign announced Wednesday.

Trippi, who was a frequent presence on cable channels in 2007 and 2008 during the Democratic presidential primaries, will find himself strategizing against familiar foe: Terry McAuliffe, the longtime Clinton ally who is now seeking the Virginia governorship in a three-way Democratic race.

Moran and McAuliffe are joined in the Democratic race by state Sen. Creigh Deeds.

With the addition of Trippi, who engineered Howard Dean’s 2004 internet-driven campaign, Moran’s advisors are making clear they plan to brand themselves as the underdog against McAuliffe, who is expected to raise and spend gobs of cash in the governor’s race.

“We’re very excited to add Joe to an all-star team working to build the best grassroots campaign,” Moran’s campaign chair Mame Reiley said in a press release. “Joe is the architect of the 21st century campaign and knows how to help insurgent candidates win elections.”

The winner of the June 9 Democratic primary will square off in the general election against Republican Bob McDonnell, who has been laying low and raising money as the Democrats do battle.

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  1. tess

    another clintonoid jumps ship – when will the clinton rats all leave those two despicable power-hungary egotist to drown – enough with them!!!!

    January 21, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |